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Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC

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2900 E. Speedway Blvd. Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

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About Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC

Welcome to Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC!


Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC has been providing our clients with quality Land Surveying and Civil Engineering in Southern Arizona since 1915. We are located in the heart of Tucson near Grant & Tucson Boulevard. We provide all types of Surveys from Residential to Commercial ALTA, including photogrammetry. 


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Tucson Surveying & Mapping has been providing our clients with quality surveys in Southern Arizona since 1915. We specialize in boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, lot splits, aerial mapping, as-built surveys, custom home layouts, elevation certificates and topographic surveys. When you choose Tucson Surveying & Mapping, all phases of the survey process, from the research to the field work to the Results of Survey drawing, will be performed by a registered land surveyor.

Tucson Surveying & Mapping utilizes modern land surveying equipment to perform the field portion of the survey process. Our technology includes Differential Real-Time Kinematic GPS, Robotic Total Stations and Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS. We utilize Carlson Survey and Design software to prepare all of our Results of Survey drawings, which is essentially a final report of the survey in a map format.

Insurance coverage is not a requirement and amazingly, many survey firms don’t carry it! For your piece of mind, Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC carries bothGeneral Liability Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance, also referred to as Errors & Omissions Insurance.

 

 

Company History


Tucson Surveying & Mapping has been providing land surveying services for 100 years making us the oldest, continuously operated, land surveying firm in Tucson.

It all began in 1915 with a civil engineer named T.N. Stevens. Back in those days, civil engineers performed land surveys, and Stevens certainly performed his share. Stevens was not only a civil engineer, but also a Mineral Surveyor and a U.S. Deputy Surveyor. Unfortunately, there is no readily available “written history”of T.N Stevens, but a letterhead from 1953 confirms he established this firm in 1915. Through careful examination of his land survey records, we know that he operated his firm under the names T.N. Stevens, T.N. Stevens and Associates and Stevens, Pafford and Associates. The oldest Stevens survey drawing in our files is dated 1918, although there are several drawings without dates, that may predate 1918.

In 1959, a Mining Engineer from Wisconsin came to Tucson and bought Stevens’ interest in the firm. That Mining Engineer was John H. Stitzer, and the name was changed to Stitzer, Pafford and Associates. John soon obtained both a Civil Engineering and a Land Surveying license. Over the next 25 years, the firm name changed several times as partners came and went, but the quality of surveying services only got better.  The better quality surveying resulted in a reputation enjoyed by only a handful of surveying firms in Tucson’s history.

During John’s tenure with the firm, a young surveyor from Washington joined the team. Bill Johnson was that young surveyor and he came on board in in 1976. In 1982, Bill became a partner under the firm name of SJV and Associates. Bill continued the tradition of providing quality surveying services in southern Arizona. His efforts and those of his associates, kept the reputation of the firm as one of the most competent in Tucson. During his tenure, Bill acquired the private survey records of several Tucson surveyors, including Sidney Kain, Fritz Rollins and Tom Luckow. This has resulted in a private collection of over eleven thousand survey records. Bill was with the firm for 38 years and decided to retire in 2014.

In 2014, Steve McLain acquired the survey portion of SJV and Associates, and Tucson Surveying & Mapping was born. Steve is a second generation Land Surveyor, and a fourth generation Arizonan. He began his surveying career in 1985 and obtained his Land Surveying license in 1996. His surveying career included apprenticeship under several Tucson surveyors including Tom Luckow and G.W. McLain. G.W. McLain was considered by many of his peers as the consummate boundary surveyor. The Arizona Association of Professional Land Surveyors named their outstanding achievement award in his honor.

Steve has all the experience and expertise necessary to continue the legacy started 100 years ago. He will uphold the highest standard of both quality service, and attention to detail.  Utilizing GPS, a Robotic Total Station and a UAV, Steve will personally perform every aspect of the surveys provided by Tucson Surveying & Mapping. With over eleven thousand survey records at our fingertips, Tucson Surveying & Mapping can utilize historical records simply not available to our competitors.



Services Offered:

  • Land Surveying
  • Boundary Retracement Survey
  • Topographic Survey
  • Lot Split, Parcel Split, Mino Land Division
  • Elevation Certificate




Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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We perform all of our boundary surveys to meet the Arizona Boundary Survey Minimum Standards as required by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration or BTR.  The BTR is the governing body of Registered Land Surveyors in Arizona. Not only do we meet these minimum standards, we often exceed them as the conditions of your parcel may require. For a copy of the Minimum Standards, please click here.

Sometimes referred to as “staking and flagging”, it is the process of researching the deeds for the property and adjoining properties, then going to the site to recover or set the property corners. A map will then be prepared that will show the property lines, property dimensions, acreage and encroachments. Encroachments are things like fences, walls or roads that might cross the property line and that could indicate an adverse claim by a neighbor. This is the basic survey upon which all other surveys are based. The map will not show: improvements, topography, easements, setbacks, flood plains and utilities (these items can be added for an additional fee). This map will be recorded at the county Recorder’s office.

Don’t be fooled by claims that all surveys can be completed in 24 hours.  Some simple surveys can, but some take days of research and preparation before the field crew can go to the site.  The most common mistake surveyors will make is failing to do the proper research.

To learn more, call Tucson Surveying & Mapping today. 520-882-9392

 

 

 

Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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This involves recovering or setting the property corners for the perimeter boundaries as well as setting the corners for the new parcel boundaries. Legal descriptions are written and a map is drawn and recorded. The client is responsible for recording the legal descriptions. The number of splits permitted is limited by the applicable zoning code. In Tucson and Pima County the splits must be approved by the zoning officials.

To learn more, call Tucson Surveying & Mapping today. 520-882-9392

 

 

 

Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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Using the boundary survey as its base, 3D points are located on the site and a surface model is prepared. The surface model is utilized to create a contour map illustrating the ground form in 2D. This is the type of survey that would normally be needed for the construction of a new building or an addition to an existing building. On larger parcels, we may utilize our Unmanned Aerial System or UAS and perform an aerial survey to determine the topography.

To learn more, call Tucson Surveying & Mapping today. 520-882-9392

 

Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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“The actions of a subsequent surveyor may change your boundary. For instance, if your neighbor hires a surveyor to establish the common boundary between the two of you, and that surveyor is in error, his erroneous line probably well become the boundary unless you take appropriate action. You should never acquiesce in a boundary determination unless it is the best possible location of the true title boundary. If you discover that your boundary does not agree with your long-continued occupation lines, take some action with your neighbor. Neither one of you has good title to the overlap – in most states – and in effect, the land isn’t completely useable by either of you. Investigate the situation jointly with him, and hire a surveyor together, Take his results to a lawyer and have him formalize and record a title change or boundary agreement, and get copies into both abstracts. Remember, you will both lose if a court must resolve your disagreement."

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Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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“A competent property surveyor is in effect a minor court. He must decide questions of fact and questions of law. He must search the records for all pertinent deed writings, survey records, and court records and relate these records to evidence he finds on the ground. He seeks and takes the testimony of everyone who has knowledge of the problem at hand. He evaluates all the evidence he can gather from the record, the ground, and from testimony, and makes his own decision. He marks his decision on the ground by durable, exclusively identifiable monuments and accessories. He assumes the responsibility for his work by showing all the pertinent data such as records, evidence, reasoning, and old and new monuments on a plat which he signs, dates, seals, and publicly records. His plat is “… an edited, accurately scaled, dimensioned, pictorial representation of his original notes and record research in sufficient detail that the retracement surveyor or reviewing lawyer need have no further recourse to his original notes.”

The ethical surveyor is impartial and will make the same decisions whether he is paid by one landowner or the other. He must make his decision in such a way that it will be upheld by the court, if tried. Obviously he must know property boundary law. In the words of the late Justice Cooley, of the Michigan Supreme Court:

“Surveyors are not and cannot be judicial officers, but in a great many cases they act in a quasi-judicial capacity with the acquiescence of the parties concerned and it is important for them to know by what rules they are to be guided in the discharge of their judicial functions … “

To learn more, call Tucson Surveying & Mapping today. 520-882-9392

 

 

Tucson Surveying & Mapping LLC






2900 E. Speedway Blvd Ste. 41503
Tucson, AZ 85719

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